Manchester United made it through to the semi-final of the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Anderlecht in extra time, though it was slightly undeserved as Anderlecht played equally well as United on the day. After a period of early dominance from United that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United ahead, Marcos Rojo’s injury halted United’s progress and Anderlecht earned an equaliser. The second half was a bit of a crapshoot after that, but heading into extra time, United gained control of the match by moving Marcus Rashford up front and bringing on Anthony Martial.
The result was a winner for Marcus Rashford after a few unlucky attempts from him, Lingard, and Ibrahimovic, as well as a few great creative moments from Pogba and Mkhitaryan that could’ve resulted in goals. This match showed why United still needs to fight for Top 4 in the Premier League, as the Europa League can go wrong very quickly, but United didn’t pay the price and now can move on to Turf Moor on Sunday, focusing on gaining important points at a tough ground.
Goals: Henrikh Mkhitaryan 10′, Marcus Rashford 107′
Assists: Marcus Rashford 10′, Marouane Fellaini 107′
Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Rojo (Blind 23′), Shaw; Carrick, Pogba; Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Lingard (Fellaini 60′); Ibrahimovic (Martial 90)
Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Young, Herrera; Rooney